Opening a bank account in Russia

Hi all,

is it difficult for expats to open a bank account in Russia ?

Which documents are required to open a bank account in Russia ?

How long does it take to open it ?

Is there any restriction for expats regarding the services (loans for instance)  ?

Which bank would you recommend ?

Thanks in advance for your participation,


Sparbank is the easiest.

So, I went to  study for a month in August of 2016 and again for a month in March 2017. The univ. has a branch of Sver Bank on campus. and I  deposited a small amount each time (4 times) but currently there is a restriction on the bank by EU and the US. So I cant directly deposit to my account. I have to carry the money there. I was hoping our new Prez. would lift sanctions, however that isnt happening....

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